SBS revealed its programming slate for the second half of 2018 at a function in Sydney last night.
The broadcaster’s director of TV and online content Marshall Heald said, “SBS is renowned for producing some of the most thought-provoking and diverse content in Australia and we’ve built a reputation over four decades as a trusted media source, growing loyal audiences who come to us for a different perspective to our commercial counterparts.
“When it comes to changing the way people think, you need to engage them with stories that emotionally connect. If you can make people laugh or cry, you’re creating a pathway to empathy, understanding and respect. That’s why we tell stories and show people on screen that you don’t see anywhere else. If we tell these stories well, we can change people’s prejudices. And that’s important.
“The new slate of programs tackle a broad range of contemporary issues, including mental illness, the ongoing refugee crisis, cultural and gender diversity in sport and the modern migrant experience. We also have some of the best foreign language dramas from across the world, entertaining documentaries and food programs, and new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content.”
Child Genius – SBS
Presided over by quizmaster, Dr Susan Carland, this brand new six-part series to find Australia’s brightest child in a unique competition documentary format follows the lives of some of Australia’s brightest children and their families. These gifted children all have very high IQs and showcase phenomenal cognitive abilities in maths, general knowledge, memory and language.
Presented in association with Australian Mensa, the series features participants and their families from all over Australia, and provides unique insight into the joys – and challenges – of parenting a gifted child.
How ‘Mad’ Are You? – SBS
A new two-part SBS documentary series How ‘Mad’ Are You? will break down stigma around mental illness in a way never seen before on Australian television.
Over a week, a diverse group of 10 Australians will spend the week together. Five have a history of mental illness and five do not.
Under the watchful eye of three medical experts, the group will take part in a series of specially designed tests and experiments, while the experts work out who’s been diagnosed with a mental illness and who has not.
The 10 participants are living proof that a history of mental illness doesn’t have to define you.
Go Back To Where You Came From Live – SBS
Go Back To Where You Came From Live is one of the most ambitious live television events in broadcasting history, featuring seven opinionated Aussies who will discover what life is like in the most dangerous places on earth. Over three consecutive nights, Go Back Live will present a snapshot of the global refugee crisis by following refugee stories as they unfold in real time.
This is the fourth instalment of the Go Back franchise.
On The Ropes – SBS
An award-winning cast leads a new four-part SBS commissioned drama On The Ropes, including Keisha Castle–Hughes (Game of Thrones, Whale Rider), Nicole Chamoun (Safe Harbour, Romper Stomper), Logies Hall Of Famer Jack Thompson and acclaimed Israeli actor Igal Naor (Homeland, Riviera).
On The Ropes follows aspiring Iraqi-Australian boxing trainer Amirah Al-Amir (Chamoun) who has idolised her world champion father Sami (Naor) her entire life. While working in the family gym in Sydney’s west alongside her two brothers, Amirah negotiates a professional debut match for her hardnosed fighter Jess O’Connor (Castle-Hughes) with Sami’s longtime promoter Strick (Thompson). Furious that she has done this behind his back, her father threatens to cut her off. Desperate to chase her dream of transforming women’s boxing, will Amirah choose her fighter or her family?
Going Places with Ernie Dingo – NITV
Going Places with Ernie Dingo is a 14-part travel series, which sees Dingo visit some of Australia’s most stunning locations while paying tribute to the traditional land owners and others who make these destinations such amazing places to see.
Along the way, Dingo meets locals who have found their connection to the place they now live.
Butterfly – SBS
Butterfly follows the story of an 11-year-old boy, Max, who makes the huge decision that he wants to live life as a girl. He has always dressed as one at home, but now he doesn’t want to hide who he is.
The Day – SBS On Demand Exclusive
Foreign language contemporary Dutch drama The Day tells the story of a day-long hostage situation in a quiet Flemish town.
While the police do their utmost to end the event without bloodshed, it soon becomes clear that something is not right.
Told across eight episodes, viewers get to see the story from alternating perspectives each episode.
Top photo: On The Ropes’ Shannon Murphy, Nicole Chamoun and Courtney Wise